How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned Posted February 9, 2017 According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, air ducts must be cleaned at least once every three to five years on average. Your home’s location, your pets and the length of time you’ve had your air filters—along with many other factors—can influence the amount of time between cleanings. How can you see if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? We’ve got some indications that you should watch for.Look for these clues: 1. When your vents are fully opened, do any have less airflow than others?2. Can you hear something other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? 3. Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent?4. When you look inside with a flashlight, is there a buildup of debris or fuzz from your pet’s hair?5. Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork?6. Are your cold air returns coated with dust or pet hair?7. Are your registers pushing out dust?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to ask Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee about air duct cleaning.Prolonging Time Between Air Duct CleaningWhile professional cleanings are important, there are actions you can take to maintain your ducts and extend the time between professional visits. Most importantly, schedule periodic HVAC maintenance with the pros at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.. Annual checkup of your furnace in the fall and air conditioning unit in the spring will keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance. Inspecting your system often and replacing the air filter when required will also help keep your ducts open.The team at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can also show you more about air purification systems. We offer the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration System and Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights. Installing one of these systems can also help keep your ducts clean.Other ways you can help care for your ducts:• Seal air duct leaks that let dirt in from spaces such as your attic.• Check your air filters regularly and switch them out when necessary. • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.• Replace air duct insulation if it is in poor or damp condition. Keeping your ducts open will help you make sure the air in your Muskogee home is clean. Be sure to use these preventative measures and schedule a professional duct cleaning now. Call the experts at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. at 918-682-8238 or make an appointment online.